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The Building Technologies Office conducted a healthcare energy end-use monitoring project in partnership with two hospitals. See below for ideas about how to use end-use data to inform decisions in your facility.
The relative magnitude of the energy consumption of different end uses can be a starting point for prioritizing energy investments and action, whether the scope under consideration involves new metering, targeted energy audits, or end-use equipment upgrades. To inform such decisions, options for acquiring data for comparing end use energy consumption include:
1. Facility and energy managers can begin by assessing their current metering capabilities. For a link to guidance about how to build up metering capabilities, starting with no- and low-cost actions, see Appendix D of the full report.
2. For healthcare facilities without end-use level metering capabilities, facility and energy managers can review the data in this report to decide whether their facilities have characteristics (e.g., size, vintage, function, climate) that are similar to those of the hospitals in this study.
If the buildings are similar, facility and energy managers may wish to use the findings to help them prioritize early actions in an energy investment decision process, such as deciding where to invest first when expanding metering capabilities or defining the scope of a targeted energy audit.
The monitored facilities do not represent a statistically significant sample of hospitals; however, the data can help others to prioritize where to invest next in metering strategies or audits that can gather information specific to their hospitals.
Read the full report, Healthcare Energy End-Use Monitoring, for more information.